Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) Taiwan fought off two match points to defeat Japan in a thrilling back-and-forth encounter that went the distance to advance to the final of the Asian Men's U23 Volleyball Championship in Myanmar on Saturday.
Taiwan got off to a fast start but had to survive a strong Japanese comeback to prevail 25-20, 25-17, 16-25, 15-25, 19-17 in the best-of-five set match.
Heading into the deciding set, which is played to 15 rather than 25 with the winner having to win by at least two points, Japan had all the momentum, which it rode to a 14-12 lead in the final set to come within one point of victory.
But the Taiwanese rallied to save the two match points and tie the score at 14 and then held on to book a place in the final, where it will meet the winner of the day's other semifinal between Pakistan and India.
The Asian Men's U23 Volleyball Championship is an international volleyball competition in Asia and Oceania contested by the under-23 men's national teams of the members of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC), the sport's continent governing body.
This year's tournament, held for the third time since 2015, is being held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.
Taiwan has won bronze medals in the two previous events in 2015 and 2017.